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How to Recycle a T-Shirt into Yarn

– Posted in: How to, Projects, Recycling

My son cleans out his dresser on a regular basis. He’s one of those neat-freaks (a trait he obviously did not inherit from me) and keeps his room super-organized! He had a pile of perfectly good t-shirts. I usually cut the shirts into pieces to use as rags for painting or staining but decided to go another route this time. 

I figured I would make “yarn” from the shirts and today, I’ll show you how I did this!


I started by cutting the hem off of the shirts. 

Then, I started cutting a narrow strip and continuing in a circle up the shirt to the sleeves. 


If you give knitted fabric a tug, it will naturally curl up on itself.

I rolled it into a ball and cast 15 stitches on size 17 needles.

I used a stockinette stitch to create a square which can now be used as a hot pad, a dish cloth, or a bath scrubbie! Just think of the possibilities… The wheels are turning already!!


Until next time,

Happy Creating!


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  • Growing Tween

    I love this idea! It looks so nice and squishy in the photo. Or, saving up tons of shirts and making them into a circle rug for the bathroom or stripes for the front door welcome mat. Thanks for sharing!

    • CherTexter

      Thank you so much! I was thinking about a rug, also, and maybe raiding my fabric stash for some tubular knit fabric to knit one… That would be cool! Stop by again soon!